Thursday, September 12, 2013

Chocolate Banana Malt Smoothie

Reasons you have gone from peacefully asleep to being jolted awake an hour earlier than actually necessary, depriving you of the ability of going back to sleep before the actual appointed time of waking up:

  1. You have to pee the equivalent of three pees.
  2. The dark shadowy blob on the ceiling is, without a doubt, a ghost.
  3. The lovable but psychotic cat is tearing apart cardboard with his teeth.  This is not a quiet sound
  4. Your mom is arriving today, and while you are introverted, anxious, and socially reclusive, you absolutely cannot feel anything but excitement about seeing your mom and having her spend a week with you.
  5. Your husband is leaving for a week, and you will miss having him around.
On those days, those days where you are anxious and nervous and excited and yet oh so tired, one must indulge.  Reward oneself for getting through the day.  Like with a banana chocolate malt shake.  Or is it a smoothie?  I'm not really sure.

Banana, chocolate, and peanut butter are well acquainted with each other.  It is the barley malt syrup that makes it irresistible, the reason the taste buds keep going back for just one more sip. The reason you are gathering what little remains in the bowl with a colorful, well-worn spatula and then shoveling into your mouth. The reason you are actually licking the bowl, to get just one more taste, one more moment of bliss amidst the mix of emotions churning inside your head.

3 frozen bananas
1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
3 tablespoons barley malt syrup
1/2 cup-3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in blender (or use an immersion blender).  Blend together.  Pour in glass(es) and enjoy.


  1. So, you have a ghost in your room too! Glad I'm not alone - I hate being singled out.

    This smoothie is just what I need this morning...I mean, afternoon. :D

  2. This is a great morning smoothie, esp. if you have to pee the equivalent of three pees :-)) I definitely need one.

  3. I'm gonna make this for my breakfast one of these days :)

  4. Great breakfast smoothie idea!

  5. Introverts rule :) and so does this smoothie, what a perfect treat!

  6. great for breakfast.. love it.

  7. ugh gotta hate that anxiety. But gotta love this num num nummy smoothie!

  8. Introverts are totally cool and the best people ever! :P This smoothie looks fabulous. Can I come over for one? We can be social recluses together, sitting at opposite corners and not making eye contact.

  9. This is totally my kind of smoothie! Looks so delicious!

  10. I've definitely had days like that where the excitement and anxiety are constantly battling with each other. Chocolate smoothies FTW!

  11. How good is that!! Delicious way to kick start the day :)

  12. Oh Jenn, I don't care if you call it a shake or a smoothie ,it just looks so good!
    Sounds like the perfect treat to me.

  13. This smoothie is so decadent and the perfect morning treat! I would skip coffee altogether and go straight for this amazing smoothie :)


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